Warriors rally to beat Trail Blazers in Game 2
(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors held the Portland Trail Blazers to three field goals over the final 8:58 of the game on Tuesday, rallying from an 11-point deficit to record a 110-99 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals.
With the Warriors up 2-0, despite playing both games without injured star Stephen Curry, the best-of-seven series moves to Portland for Game 3 on Saturday.
Backup center Festus Ezeli, who never left the bench in Golden State's Game 1 victory, was the backbone of a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter.
He added three hoops as the Warriors outscored the Trail Blazers 34-12 after entering the final period down 87-76.
Portland led 95-94 after a Moe Harkless basket with 5:21 to play. However, by the time CJ McCollum converted the Trail Blazers' next field goal, a short shot with eight seconds to go, Golden State had run off to a 13-point lead.
While the Trail Blazers were going seven consecutive possessions without a point, the Warriors got two baskets from Curry's replacement, Shaun Livingston, in a 10-0 burst that put Golden State in command at 104-95 with 1:47 to go.
Despite missing 13 of his 20 shots, the Warriors' Klay Thompson led all scorers with 27 points, a majority of which came on five 3-pointers in 14 attempts.
Draymond Green recorded team highs in rebounds (14) and assists (seven) to complement 17 points for the Warriors, who recorded their sixth consecutive double-digit home win over Portland.
Andre Iguodala (15 points), Livingston (14) and Harrison Barnes (13) also scored in double figures for the Warriors, who overcame a cold start to shoot 46.2 percent from the field. Continued...